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Cemetery Details

Location Portianou, Lemnos, Greece
Co‑ordinates N39.88467, E25.177604
Description

 

The village of Portianos is on the west side of Mudros Bay, on the Greek island of Limnos (Lemnos) in the north-east Aegean Sea. The cemetery is on the outskirts of the village, on Anzac Street, adjacent to the communal cemetery.

Take the national road of Myrina – Mudros until you come to the traffic lights next to Livadochori Village. Turn right at the traffic lights and follow the sign posts to Portianos. Continue on this road for around 5-6 km passing by or through the villages of Kalithea, Nea Koutali, and Neo Pedino. Upon entry to the village you shall find clearly marked CWGC signs which shall lead you to the cemetery.

Because of its position, the island of Lemnos played an important part in the campaigns against Turkey during the First World War. It was occupied by a force of marines on 23 February 1915 in preparation for the military attack on Gallipoli, and Mudros became a considerable Allied camp. The 1st and 3rd Canadian Stationary Hospitals, the 3rd Australian General Hospital and other medical units were stationed on both sides of Mudros bay and a considerable Egyptian Labour Corps detachment was employed. After the evacuation of Gallipoli, a garrison remained on the island and the 1st Royal Naval Brigade was on Lemnos, Imbros and Tenedos for the first few months of 1916.

On 30 October 1918, the Armistice between the Entente Powers and Turkey was signed at Mudros.

Portianos Military Cemetery was begun in August 1915 and used until August 1920. The cemetery now contains 347 Commonwealth burial of the First World War and five war graves of other nationalities.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

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ANDERSON, Victor George

Service number 787
Private
21st Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 1897

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MAY, James Henry

Service number 1355
Private
12th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 19 Jun 1885

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HOWE, Thomas Henry

Service number 2239
Private
1st Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1

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HARRISON, Neville Mackersey

Service number 1199
Private
15th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 28 Dec 1890

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MCKINNON, Duncan

Service number 786
Trooper
2nd Light Horse Regiment
AIF WW1
Born 1879

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ROSSER, Hubert

Service number 2745
Private
10th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 15 Nov 1895

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ASHTON, John

Service number 568
Lance Corporal
16th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 1891

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JONES, Richard Henry Phillip

Service number 1411
Private
12th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 1 Mar 1882

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